Imagine spending the day in the kind of clear turquoise water you’ve been waiting your whole life to see. Then at night indulging in some of the best seafood Italy has to offer. That’s Sardinia. The best part? Sardinia is home to a lot more than the world’s most beautiful beaches and delectable seafood. Like a trail of prehistoric stone breadcrumbs, thousands of Nuraghe (ancient megalithic edifices) dot Sardinia’s landscape. Luxury motorcycle tours weave through endless panoramic views in the rugged mountains at the heart of Sardinia. Agriturismi, vineyards, wild olive trees, and fresh seafood provide authentic, affordable experiences for travel foodies. Around it all, achingly beautiful Mediterranean blue.
Editors Note: Post Updated May 24, 2022
Pictures of Italy | Sardinia
Here are 30 photos that best depict the balance of relaxation and exploration Sardinia offers. Plus a few family photos from our top five attractions in Sardinia.
Sardinia has over 100 beaches! Here is our pick for the Six Most Beautiful Beaches in Sardinia many of which sit along the Gulf of Orosei.
1. Gulf of Orosei (Golfo di Orosei)
Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei is Sardinia’s largest national park and it serves as the backdrop to the real-life fantasy vacation hotspot seen here.
While the tourists flock to Sardinian beaches in summer, there is so much to explore in the countryside, including some of the oldest olive trees in the world.
2. Oldest Olive Trees in the World
Olivastri Millenari is a grove of wild olive trees a bit off the beaten path in northern Sardinia. Here olive trees nearly 4,000 years old still bear fruit. Perhaps the fountain of youth is being wild.
3. Sito Archeologico Tharros
On the Capo S. Marco peninsula in the middle of the west coast of Sardinia lies Tharros. An ancient city turned archeological site complete with ruins, Nuraghi, and the most open sweeping views in all of Sardinia. There’s a meandering path at Sito Archeologico Tharros that stretches across the southern end of the Sinis Peninsula. The entire walk is surrounded by the turquoise rainbow of the Mediterranean Sea.
4. Nuraghi the Mystery of Sardinia
See the tiny tower, high up on the hill in the photo below? That’s a Nuraghi.
Thousand of these structures claim the best views throughout Sardinia. Built as far back as 1500 BC their exact purpose remains a bit of a mystery. Defense, religion, gathering or simply stockpiling no one knows. No excavations have been conclusive and so they remain elusive and somewhat magical.
Paolo, being Italian, didn’t struggle like I did to recall their names. Renuga… no. Nanuga… no “Nuraghi” Paolo would correct me over and over again as I would excitedly point out another one.
“Look Bello, another Nayugar.”
5. La Pelosa Beach in Stintino
La Pelosa in the small but resplendent village of Stintino.
I often say there are trips and there are vacations. A vacation is for beach lovers looking to do as little as possible in one stunning location. The goal is singular. Complete relaxation. While a trip is more for adventurers looking for an experience. The goal is expansive. Explore as much culture, food, history, and nature as possible.
The combination of everything Sardinia has to offer is what makes it one of the best places in Italy to strike a balance between a trip and a vacation.
Join us tomorrow as we share our list of the best beaches in Sardinia.